The Order


The Order

Critics Consensus

A religious thriller that's more lethargic and silly than thrilling.



Total Count: 60


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For centuries a secret Order has existed within the Church. Following a series of unexplained murders, renegade priest Father Alex Bernier begins an investigation that hurls him into a maelstrom of unimaginable evil, murder and the knowledge that there is a fate worse than death. Father Bernier's search takes him to The Sin Eater--a key figure in this mysterious and ancient Order. The immortal Sin Eater's role is nothing less than playing God on earth by absolving the unforgivable of their sins outside the Church, allowing greater evil to go unpunished. Burdened by centuries of evil, the Sin Eater craves the luxury of death. But who will eat his sins and grant eternal peace? Who will carry on his dark tradition and continue the work of the Order? As the young priest uncovers the answers and pursues these paragons of evil, he fights to save his own soul and that of troubled artist Mara, the woman he loves.


Heath Ledger
as Father Alex Bernier
Benno Fürmann
as William Eden
Mark Addy
as Father Thomas Garrett
Peter Weller
as Cardinal Driscoll
Francesco Carnelutti
as Father Dominic
Maria Cristina Macca
as Sister Franca
Paola Emilia Villa
as Sister Marie
Richard Bremmer
as Bookstore Owner
Mirko Casaburo
as Little Boy
Giulia Lombardi
as Little Girl
Roslinda Celentano
as Faraway Eyes Girl
Paolo Lorimer
as Englishman
Davide Odore
as Young Eden
John Karlsen
as Eden's Manservant
Fabrizio Lozzi
as Eden's Driver
Adam Levy
as Master Builder
Bruno Bilotta
as Bigger Bouncer
Leagh Conwell
as Alex (age 10)
John Schwab
as American Bureaucrat
Steve Toussaint
as New York Detective
James Greene
as British Doctor
Luigi Basagaluppi
as Father of Eden
Michele Melega
as Morgue Attendant
Richard Leaf
as Sin Eater at St. Peters
Emanuele Carucci Viterbi
as Priest at St. Peters
Clive Riche
as Towncar Driver
Alex Van Damme
as Club Bartender
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Audience Reviews for The Order

  • Aug 25, 2019
    Oof. Kind of feels like the pitch meeting for this one basically went "So I was just reading about the idea of this 'Sin Eater' thing on Wikipedia the other day, it actually sounds really interesting, I'm super keen to put it in a movie!" "Oh great, so what's the story gonna be?" "I'm sorry the what?" "The story. You can't just say you're gonna put a Sin Eater in 'a movie' you have to like... Actually make the movie that it goes in. What's the movie gonna be about?" "...Oh no." "I mean it'll probably be fine." "Right? It'll probably be fine."
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2012
    It's a horror film!?
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2011
    Oo-oo-oo Siiiiin Eatah. I believe you can get me through the ni-oh, sorry, I went 70's there for a second. But enough about a great music generation, let's discuss a great movie... some other time, seeing as "The Order" is certainly not one. Though Ledger puts on a good performance, it's the lack of immediate development and engagment, bad directing, underwhelmingness, poor visual effects, forced development and above all, terrible writing that stand out the most and leave "The Order" to be an embarassing "thriller".
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2009
    To place a Medieval mystery in modern days would have been a great achievement. Too bad the movie doesn't seem to understand the needs of a mystery, its delicate structure. The grotesque of the caricature ridicules the whole story, which otherwise would have been interesting to follow.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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